The Little Epicurean

Aug 22 2014

Espresso Gingersnap Cookies

Espresso Gingersnap Cookies

Summer isn’t even over and fall baking seems to be sweeping the blogging sphere.  My Instagram feed already shows signs of pumpkin, cinnamon, and yes, even peppermint!

I am not ready for fall.  I’m still savoring summer.

I also noticed that Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte has its own Twitter account.  Really?!  The account has been active for a little over two weeks and it already has over 64K followers.  I’ve been on Twitter for four years and I have yet to reach 1K.  But that’s probably because I’m not very good with words, especially when limited to 140 characters.  I’m more visual, hence, Instagram is my favorite.

Espresso Gingersnap Cookies

Anyway, all the talk of fall and back to school, got me craving something spicy and warm.  I made espresso gingersnap cookies.  Because I am not ready to admit that autumn is on it’s way, I skipped out on the usual molasses in favor of maple syrup.  These are not like your traditional gingersnap cookies.  I added instant espresso powder and ground cinnamon to somewhat lighten the bit of assertive ground ginger.  And to make it pretty on the eyes, I rolled the cookie dough in turbinado sugar.  It helps to add a nice crunch to an otherwise soft cookie.

But don’t worry, I haven’t gotten the autumn bug just quite yet.  I made these cookies to serve as a vehicle to eat my ice cream.  It’s still summer after all.

Aug 21 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bundt Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bundt Cake

Because of all the craziness of this summer, I didn’t make Alex a birthday cake.  Blasphemous, I know.  His birthday was almost two months ago and I owe him a cake. Even though I bake him a cake every year, he never expects one.  Alex is quite simple when it comes to birthdays.  I, on

Aug 19 2014

Mango Mint Limeade Slush

Mango Mint Limeade Slush

For someone who has a blog focused on sweets and desserts, I have a major sour tooth.  When given a choice, I would pick sour and tart over sweet.  Give me sour candies, sour gummies, and tart drinks any day and I would happily accept. The heat of the past couple of days has got

Aug 13 2014

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats + Abound Giveaway!

Sweet Potato Dog Treat Biscuits

Get ready.  Today we are going to talk DOGS! (At the end of the post, sign up for a chance to win an Abound Prize Pack and a Kroger Gift Card!) Is it unusual to make your dog homemade treats?  No.  Am I crazy?  No.  Do I have too much free time?  No.  Trust me,

Aug 12 2014

Rum Mango Lassi Popsicles


I’ve been making a lot of popsicles this summer.  However, this is my first time in history adding booze to my favorite frozen treats.  For the most part, I’ve been scared.  Yes, I know.  How the heck could I be afraid of alcohol?  (Have you seen my Thirsty Thursday posts?  I’m all about cocktails!) Popsicles

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